It was ‘Some Enchanted Evening” at the opening night of Lamb’s Players Theatre’s 25th anniversary celebration honoring itself.
Highlighted shows from “West Side Story” (“Something’s Coming”) “My Fair Lady” (“I Could Have Danced All Night”, “Get Me To The Church on Time”), to “Le Miserable” (“I Dreamed A Dream”), “Hello Dolly” (“Put On Your Sunday Clothes”), to “Joyful Noise” (“Hallelujah”), “Into The Woods” (“Children Will Listen”) and “Time To Remember” from “The Fantasticks” are but a few of the twenty-six or so shows this company has performed over the years taken from its twenty-five year musical history yearbook.
|Luke Monday and Angela Chatelain Avila|
Conceived and staged by Robert Smyth, Deborah Gilmour Smyth, Kerry Meads and G. Scott Lacey one musical number after another from the above mentioned shows ran the gambit from solo’s to near production numbers to some cast members blending into the orchestra to play an instrument or two.
|I Got The Horse Right Here|
Catie Grady and Michael Louis Cusimano recreated “Falling Slowly” from their award nominated “Once”; Brian Barbarin was bigger than life in his rendition of “Hollow” from Lamb’s original “Oz” with music and lyrics by Jon Lorenz. He also brought the house down with his Louis Armstrong voice in “Well Hello Dolly”.
|Cashae Montoya (center),Angela Chatelain Avila, Joy Yandell and Catie Grady|
Eileen Bowman’s “Adelaide’s Lament” from “Guys and Dolls”, Brian Mackey’s “Trouble” from “Music Man” and “Happiness” from “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”, to John Rosen’s “Get Me To The Church” from “My Fair Lady” and “Matchmaker” from “Fiddler” gave the production some levity. Everyone seemed eager to fill the cast’s pockets when “Tips” from the musical “Pump Boys and Dinettes” trio raced through the audience to collect cash for their school outreach program.
|Brian Mackey and Bryan Barbarian|
Attention was also drawn to costume designer extraordinaire Jeanne Reith as members of the cast paraded on to the stage in some of her most elegant, including an Elvis Presley look with Fernando Vega’s rendition of “Songs Of The King” from “Joseph”.
You’ve come a long way baby since moving into what is now being called “A Jewel In The Crown City” (of Coronado smack dab in the center of town on Orange Ave.) from your old digs in National City.
And yes, Chris O’Bryon did sing “Some Enchanted Evening” that set the tone for yours truly.
See you at the theatre.
Dates: Through Feb. 24th
Organization: Lamb’s Players Theatre
Production Type: Musical Review
Where: 1142 Orange Ave. Coronado, Ca92117
Ticket Prices: Start at $28.00
Photo: Ken Jacques